Sports Essay

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FIFA Laws of the Game 2013-14 Field surface Matches may be played on natural or artificial surfaces, according to the rules of the competition The colour of artificial surfaces must be green. Where artificial surfaces are used in either competition matches between representative teams of member associations affiliated to FIFA or international club competition matches, the surface must meet the requirements of the FIFA Quality Concept for Football Turf or the International Artificial Turf Standard, unless special dispensation is given by FIFA. Field markings The field of play must be rectangular and marked with lines. These lines belong to the areas of which they are boundaries. The two longer boundary lines are called touch lines. The two shorter lines are called goal lines. The field of play is divided into two halves by a halfway line, which joins the midpoints of the two touch lines. The centre mark is indicated at the midpoint of the halfway line. A circle with a radius of 9.15 m (10 yds) is marked around it. Marks may be made off the field of play, 9.15 m (10 yds) from the corner arc and at right angles to the goal lines and the touch lines, to ensure that defending players retreat this distance when a corner kick is being taken. Dimensions The length of the touch line must be greater than the length of the goal line. Length (touch line): * minimum 90 m (100 yds) * maximum 120 m (130 yds) Width (goal line): * minimum 45 m (50 yds) * maximum 90 m (100 yds) All lines must be of the same width, which must be not more than 12 cm (5 ins). International matches Length: * minimum 100 m (110 yds) * maximum 110 m (120 yds) Width: * minimum 64 m (70 yds) * maximum 75 m (80 yds) The goal area Two lines are drawn at right angles to the goal line, 5.5 m (6 yds) from the inside of each goalpost. These lines extend

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